High School Classical Pianists, Shu Jing Lian and Christopher Staknys Perform October 14 at UMA

October 14th
Jewett Auditorium, UMA Augusta Campus

Christopher Staknys and Shu Jing LianThe "Concerts at Jewett" Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will feature classical pianists, Shu Jing Lian and Christopher Staknys, classical pianists, on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM at UMA Jewett Auditorium. Christopher will perform works by Scriabin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. Shu Jing will play works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, and Rahbee. 

These talented high school students are two of Maine’s finest young artists. Shu Jing Lian was born in Fuzhou, China, began piano at age 5 and continued this study when her family moved to the United States a year later. She was a finalist in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s High School Concerto Competition, won first prize in the Junior Division of the Pine Tree Piano Competition, and she has participated in the Portland Conservatory of Music’s International Piano Festival and the Bay Chamber’s Next Generation Ensemble Program. She made her debut at the Franco-American Heritage Center performing in their “Rising Stars” concert.

Christopher Staknys is a composer and aspiring concert artist. He learned to read and compose music almost before he began to read words, and by age 8 he was reading full orchestral scores. He began piano study at age six, and currently studies piano and composition at the New England Conservatory of music. He has been a prizewinner in competitions in Lithuania and here in New England. His composition, “Congo,” was given its premiere by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and he performed his “Summer Evening in Maine” at the Blue Hill Fourth of July Pops Festival.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door. Call 621-3551, or email umasc@maine.edu for more information or for mail order tickets. www.concertsatjewett.com.

The next concert is Sunday, Nov.18, 2012, 2 PM - Two Old Friends: Mac McHale & Emery Hutchins.  


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Deena Day